Ben Carson, a conservative commentator and former neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, made the comments on stage during the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.
“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else,” Carson said. “But they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.”
Carson has a history of making inflammatory statements against gay people. Last year, he gave up his speaking role at a commencement ceremony for Johns Hopkins under pressure following controversial remarks he made on Fox News comparing gay people to advocates for bestiality and pedophilia.
On stage at CPAC, Carson denied he ever made such a comparison and said reporting on his televised remarks was a fabrication of the media, although he said to applause he still believes “marriage is between a man and a woman.”
“Of course they’re not the same thing,” Carson continued. “Anybody who believes that is a dummy, but anybody who believes somebody who says that somebody said that is a dummy, that’s the problem.”
Carson made the controversial remarks last year when speaking to conservative commentator Sean Hannity about restricting marriage to unions betweens one man and one woman.
“It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society,” Carson said. “And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association,) be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”
Carson makes some of the extensive comments against same-sex marriage during an iteration of CPAC where Republican elected officials shied away from LGBT issues and conflict emerged among the conservative speakers on marriage equality.
Watch the video of Carson here (via Right Wing Watch):